Pasquil, Villarosa win at Japanese Chamber Charity golfest

Pasquil, Villarosa win at Japanese Chamber Charity golfest

Lawyer Larry Pasquil topped the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Mindanao Inc. Charity Golf Tournament, Saturday, at the Davao City Golf Club.

Pasquil, the golf club’s board of director, relied on the familiarity of the course to score a net 65 and posted a one-shot victory over Willy Vidanes. Rodrigo Rizon settled at third with a 67.

Benhur Villarosa bagged the gross title with a 77. In the special prizes designed by the organizers, the 11th prize went to Stella Patruno who scored a 70 while Yoko Kobayashi submitted an 86 for the 28th spot prize.

The other special prize, called the Bobby Prize, went to Rin Celeste. The 11th represented the month of November and the 28th, the day of the tournament sponsored by Nakashin Davao International Inc., Paglas Corp., Soriano Fruits Corp., Nakayama Technology Corp., Morado Farms and Trading Corp., Sumifru Phils.Corp., Tanton Relaxation Centre Corp., Davao Central Chemical Corp., Akiko Japanese Restaurant, Aquino Coliseum Gallera, Tadakuma (Ramen Tei) Japanese Restaurant, Braintrust Project Consultancy Inc., and CRK International Language Center.

Japan Consul Yoshiyuki Isoda and wife Hisae of Japan graced the awarding ceremony and met with officials of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

Japan Consul Yoshiyuki Isoda (3rd from left) shares a light moment with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Mindanao Inc. officers as one of the Chamber officials Itchi Amano (extreme right) talks after the awarding ceremony of the Charity Golf Tournament, Saturday night, at the Davao City Golf Club.

URGENT: IFJ Philippines Appeal

Media suffered an unprecedented attack with the terrible tragedy that struck the Philippines on Monday 23 November 2009 . The news is unfolding on a daily basis, but the latest information today is that 30 journalists and media workers have been confirmed killed with an expectation that this will rise to at least 34, the total number of journalist and media workers reported to have set out on the convoy that was subsequently ambushed and massacred.

This is the biggest single atrocity against journalists in recent history.

The IFJ is working very closely to support our colleagues at the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) who immediately sent a mission to the scene of the massacre, arriving Wednesday. According to the NUJP 59 bodies have now been found in shallow graves, often beheaded and heavily mutilated.

Prior to this attack at least 75 journalists had been killed under the Arroyo government and only four cases have seen successful prosecutions. Outside of Iraq, the Philippines has become the most dangerous country for journalists this century.

A clear culture of impunity has been allowed to flourish under this government which must no longer be tolerated.

The IFJ is sending an international mission to Manila, 7 – 10 December, to support the NUJP, provide solidarity to journalists and the families of the victims, and to send the clearest message possible to the government that this is an outrage they will not be allowed to forget.

We need your help to reinforce this message, to demonstrate our sorrow, our anger, and our determination that such a crime will not go unpunished.

To do this the IFJ is calling on all affiliates to join a global day of solidarity on 9th December to coincide with the mission press conference on the 9th, the day before International Human Rights day.

Messages of solidarity and sympathy can be posted on this page.

Full details of the actions are enclosed in the attached documents.

Please join us !

Jim Boumelha                                               AIDAN WHITE

IFJ President                                     IFJ General Secretary

IFJ Calls for Urgent Action over Massacre of Philippine Journalists

The IFJ has called for the international community to intervene to demand a full investigation to bring to justice those responsible for the biggest single massacre of working journalists in recent history.

The IFJ call came after at least twelve journalists were murdered when a political convoy of over 36 persons was ambushed and slaughtered by gunmen in the Maguindanao province of Southern Philippines.

“This is an event which shocks journalists around the world to the core,’ said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “We need a strong and urgent response from the Philippine government and the international community.”

The political convoy was led by Genalyn Tiamzon-Mangudadatu, who was on her way to file her husband’s nomination as a candidate for the forthcoming election for governor of Maguindanao province. Journalists were part of the convoy along with several members of her family.

The convoy was ambushed Monday morning by around 100 armed men, who took them to a remote location before massacring them all. Most were shot; some were beheaded and driven over by vehicles.

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) among the victims were at least 12 journalists covering the political development who were accompanying the political convoy.

This is the darkest day in the history of journalism in the Philippines, which, outside of Iraq, has topped the tables of countries where journalists are most at risk in recent years.

Gandy Valle starts title defense in 2nd Sunstar Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge; Davao’s Alanunay bags crown

HAIL THE NEW CHAMP. From left, event vice-chair Charles Maxey and Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. general manager Joseph Grino award the trophy and P40,000 cash prize to Christopher Alanunay of Davao City who beat Eljun Daquiado of Tagum City, 9-8, in the finals of the 2nd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge held at the NCCC Mall B3 (Bowling, Billiards and Bar) Sunday night. photo by RENE B. LUMAWAG

Davao’s Alanunay bags crown

TITLE-hungry Christopher Alanunay of Davao City survived a 9-8 thriller over Eljun Daquiado of Tagum City to crown himself the new champion of the 2nd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge that came to a close at the NCCC Mall B3 (Bowling, Billiards and Bar) Sunday night.

Both giant killers stirred the final day of competition as Alanunay stunned defending champion Valle, 8-4, during their semi-finals clash while Daquiado knocked out second-seed Roberto Gomez, 8-5, in the quarter-finals. The latter took a 4 a.m. flight to Davao Sunday and barely had a two-hour sleep before he played  against Daquiado.

A golden break in the fourth frame stretched Alanunay’s lead, 4-0, but he later succumbed to costly errors, allowing Daquiado to surge a 7-5 rally. The 25-year-old Dabawenyo, however, recovered to force a 7-all tie and scored a runout to snatch the lead anew at 8-7.

Daquiado suffered a scratch break in the 16th rack then both players engaged into a series of safety exchanges. Alanunay would have already sealed the win but his eight-ball came short , thus, the Tagum darkhorse equalized the match, 8-8.

The Dabawenyo, on his break, went through minor hitches but he never turned back to secure the win and the P40,000 top purse. He also received a creatively-designed champion’s trophy awarded to him by Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. general manager Joseph Grino and Sun.Star Superbalita 9-ball vice-chair Charles Raymond A. Maxey during the awarding rites.

“I’m so thankful to God, my family and supporters who cheered me on. I thank God for giving me strength, for sustaining me and giving me this victory,” Alanunay said in the vernacular during a post-awarding interview.

He continued, “I really felt the pressure when I was trailing the match. My opponent was very strong. But I just went lucky. I had a great game. I didn’t expect to climb my way up to the finals beating the reigning champion in the semis. It is indeed my lucky day.”

He then thanked the organizers for staging the cuefest sponsored by SkyCable, Viktoriano’s Place, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, Microtel Hotel Resorts Davao, Grand Men Seng Hotel, G.Q.W.E.S.T., Sunpride Foods, Inc., City Government of Davao, Jack’s Ridge Resort and Restaurant and San Miguel Corporation.

“Thank you Sun.Star Superbalita 9-Ball for giving local players like me an opportunity to be a Mindanao Open champion. This is truly my sweetest victory and my most memorable experience,’” he added.

Gomez and Valle were all praises to the new champion.

“Maganda ang inilaro niya at magaling siyang player. Totoong may lakas ang mga probinsiyano at mas may igagaling pa kapag nabigyan ng mga oportunidad katulad nito (He played so well and he’s a good player. It’s so true that provincial players are strong and they will do even better when given opportunities like this),” Gomez said.

Valle, during a press conference held on Friday, earlier cited Alanunay as a must-see player in the tournament and yet it turned out to be at his expense that the latter will indeed shine.

The 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medalist admitted, “I had a bad game while he (Alanunay) was really playing the best of his game. When he beat me, I already thought he would win the title and he did. I’m so happy for him. He deserves to be a champion.”

Runner-up Daquiado went home with P15,000 while Daryl Cubillan, who overcame Valle in their battle for third, received P10,000. Valle instead settled for P5,000 in the two-day event organized in cooperation with the Davao Billiards Association, Inc. (DBAI).

Quarter-finals losers Gomez, Arnel Corcilles, Richard delos Reyes and Sonny Aton each received P1,500.(pr)


REGIONAL and local cue artists are expected to give defending champion Gandy Valle a run for his money as the 2nd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge opens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, at the NCCC Mall B3 (Bowling, Billiards and Bar).

The 32-year-old veteran internationalist Valle himself admitted this year’s edition might be a tougher field than when he won  the inaugural staging of the cuefest presented by Sun.Star Davao and Superbalita last year.

“The pressure is always on the player who is defending the title. I have that burden now having failed to keep my crown in the 6th Sun.Star Superbalita 9-Ball in Cebu City two weeks ago. But I will do what it takes to defend the title despite stiff competition from local players,” he said during a press conference at the BMW Restobar, Jack’s Ridge Resort in Shrine Hills, Matina, Friday.

Valle, who is part of the Philippines’ billiards and snooker “Dream Team” seeing action in the 27th  Southeast Asian Games in Laos in December, thanked organizers for institutionalizing the cuefest.

He said, “Tournaments like these are what players in Mindanao need. They just need  that big break and a shot to become a champion in a prestigious tournament such as this. Winning a Mindanao championship would pave the way for anyone to establish a name in the  billiards community. Billiards stables are just in the lookout for the next rising stars.”

Davao Billiards Association, Inc. vice-president Alexander Villadores, on his part, said not only Davao City players are eyeing the P40,000 top purse but also those from Butuan, Kidapawan, General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro City, Mati and Cotabato, among others.

“Davao City players are no pushover. You will see new faces who might even pull off surprises. There is even a 12-year-old player Jun Natividad who can play against any other seasoned players. But of course, veterans like Danny Otacan, Christopher Alanunay and Romeo Timcang  are expected to live up to their billing,” Villadores said.

Event vice-chair Charles Raymond A. Maxey, meanwhile, said the 9-ball event will give Mindanaoans a venue to showcase their talents that may somehow  open more opportunities for them in the future.

He added, “This is our second year of holding this event. We also look  forward to having more categories in the future just like in Cebu where elementary, high school and college students can play provided that they are enroled at a certain school. We want to promote billiards as a special sport not just for out-of-school but also for school-based youths.”

Registration is ongoing as of Friday’s presstime in the two-day tournament sponsored by Sky Cable, Viktoriano’s Place, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Microtel Hotel Davao, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, NCCC Mall B3, Jack’s Ridge and Restaurant, Sunpride Foods, city government of Davao and San Miguel Corporation.

The elimination knockout stage will be on a race-to-seven winners’ break format while the knockout quarter-finals and semi-finals will be a race-to-eight alternate-break and the finals will be a race-to-nine alternate-break event.

The runner-up will pocket P15,000 while the next two placers will go home with P10,000 and P5,000, respectively. The fifth to eighth placers will each receive P1,500.(pr)

Former PSC chairman Butch Ramirez files COC, Sen.Honasan accompanies long-time friend

Senator Gregorio Honasan accompanies long-time friend former Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez (right) who filed his certificate of candidacy for Davao City Councilor, Thursday, in Davao City.
Former Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez (right) shows his certificate of candidacy he filed for Davao City Councilor at the COMELEC-Davao Office, Thursday, in Davao City. Accompanying him is his wife Mercy, who celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary, and long-time friend Senator Gregorio Honasan.
Former Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez calls for unity through sports after filing his candidacy for Davao City Councilor, Thursday, at the COMELEC-Davao. Accompanying him is long-time friend Senator Gregorio Honasan (right).

6th Carambunal sa Davao complete results

RESULTS : 6th Carambunal sa Davao 2009

November 21, 2009 @ Gaisano Grand Citimall



Elementary Boys Division

Category 1

Gold: Joshua Cabrera [AFPLC Elem. School]

Silver: Bryan Benian [BTAD- GenSan]

Bronze: Brent Moreno [A. Loyola Eem. School]

Bronze: Michael Dumadaog [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]


Category 2

Gold: Kieth Nelson Verallo [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Silver: Joemar Lanepa [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Bronze: Miller Hilot [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Bronze: Paolo James Dupitas [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]


Category 3

Gold: Stefanio Urboda [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Silver: Christian Fernandez [AFPLC Elem. School]

Bronze: Conelio Sanchez Jr. [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Category 4

Gold: Jonnel Galorio [AFPLC Elem. School]

Silver: Harold Tristan Sumundad [AFPLC Elem. School]

Bronze: Sean Christopher Balino [AFPLC Elem. School]

Bronze: Paul John Bravo [AFPLC Elem. School]


Category 5

Gold: Kenneth Ordaneza [AFPLC Elem. School]

Silver: Kervin Kenneth Luntayan [AFPLC Elem. School]

Elementary Girls Division

Category 1

Gold: Noemi Mayao  [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Silver: Elvie Lapiceros  [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Bronze: Kathlyn Cennia Tigullo [AFPLC Elem. School]

Bronze: Praisey Dela Cruz [AFPLC Elem. School]


Category 2

Gold: Raquel Buenafe [G. L. Dondoy Elem. School]

Silver: Liezel Joy Gonzalez [AFPLC Elem. School]

Bronze: Geramie Tag-at [AFPLC Elem. School]

Bronze: Jaimie Angelie Ledesma [AFPLC Elem. School]



Junior Boys

Category: Pin Weight

Gold: Letran, Jan Reysther[DCNHS]

Silver: Seville, Arnel[AL Navarro NHS]

Bronze: Macasaet, Jacob[DCNHS]

Bronze: Cabacoy, Wilfredo[AL Navarro NHS]


Category: Bantam Weight

Gold: Sagne, Alfred[KDO, Central Gym]

Silver: Albiso, Uliver[DCNHS]

Bronze: Ortiz, Michael John[AL Navarro NHS]

Bronze: Salvador, Romel[Bernardo Carpio NHS]


Category: Feather Weight

Gold: Cambangay, Bryan[DCNHS]

Silver: Losaria, Arnel Jr.[BTAD,Tantangan]

Bronze: Siason, Syril[BTAD,Gensan]

Bronze: Duran, John Michael[BTAD,Tupi]


Category: Extra Light Weight

Gold: Paco, Lawrence Christopher[DCNHS]

Silver: Palacio, Sydney Dawn[BTAD,Gensan]

Bronze: Baynosa, Jumar[KDO,Central Gym]

Bronze: Amper, Bill [DCNHS]



Category: Half Light Weight

Gold: Petagara, Bon Leony[BTAD,Gensan]

Silver: Escuadro, Kenneth [EJM,Panabo]




Mid Junior Boys

Category: Fly Weight

Gold: Mangete, Jecie Loyd[AL Navarro NHS]

Silver: Pueblo, Jezreel[AL Navarro NHS]

Bronze: Nesperos, Mark[Bernardo Carpio NHS]



Category: Bantam-Extra Light Weight

Gold: Leyson, Edward Gian Carlo[BTAD, Gensan]

Silver: Saliganan, Manuel Joseph[BTAD,Gensan]





Category: Pin weight

Gold: Morcillo, Jezebel   DCNHS

Silver: Gudin Catherine    DCNHS

Bronze: Gonzaga Juliet       Brgy Lamanan

Bronze: Morcillo Jennilyn   DCNHS


Category: Bantam Weight

Gold: Bucol, Monic           AL Navarro NHS

Silver: Huelar, Jehza Mae   Pablo Lorenzo NHS

Bronze: Sagne, Adelfa          DCNHS

Bronze:Sagne, Anafe            DCNHS


Category: Feather weight

Gold: Gererola Marjorie        Bernardo Carpio NHS

Silver: Ocho Mary Jane         Bernardo Carpio NHS

Bronze: Camacho, Chu chie  BTAD Gen San

Bronze: Sering Julian Amethyst  Pablo Lorenzo NHS



Category: Half Light

Gold: Merto Melanie            AL Navarro NHS

Silver: Rejaba, Ma Charity    DCNHS

Bronze:  Escoltor Sarah Jane    BTAD GenSan

Bronze: Campomanes JullamAnne Lesky    Pablo  Lorenzo NHS


Category: Extra Light

Gold: Ma.Strella Sapar         DCNHS

Silver: Moralde Leah Ching   BTAD GenSan

Bronze:  Panaguiton Ezra         AL Navarro NHS

Bronze: Lao Chrezel                 KDO Central Gym



Category: Pin weight

Gold: Donato Cherry Joy        AL Navarro NHS

Silver: Buenafe Raquel            AL Navarro NHS

Bronze: Hilogo Christine Joy    BTAD GenSan

Category: Feather weight

Gold: Allen, Mary Jehan          AL Navarro NHS

Silver: Catipay Glaiza Joyce     BTAD GenSan



Category: Extra Light

Gold: Ian Gaballo                 KDO Central Gym

Silver: Fortaliza Jeffrey           BTAD GenSan

Bronze:Morales Christian Ray  BTAD GenSan

Bronze: Apoluhan, Ian James    KDO Central Gym


Category: Half Light

Gold: Caaco, Joel                   BTAD GenSan

Silver: Castrana, James Bond   BTAD Polomolok

Bronze:  Nalzaro Noel                EJM Panabo

Bronze: Campomanes JullamAnne Lesky    Pablo  Lorenzo NHS




Category: Extra Light

Gold: Sapar Paulette             DCNHS

Silver: Noro Arlyn                BTAD GenSan

Mario Palazuelo

Arnis Philippines


Davao City


Felizarta is new CHESC prexy

Atty.Joey Felizarta of the City Legal Office is the new president of the City Hall Employees Sports Club (CHESC).

Felizarta topped the election on Saturday at the AMA Computer College gym where CHESC members regularly play basketball to promote camaraderie among local government workers.

The lawyer, who heads the Black Team in the previous CHESC Tournaments, succeeded assistant city administrator Erwin Alparaque.

Other elected officers were Rico Pableo of the City Treasurer’s Office, vice-president;Tony Pahamutang of the City Council of Davao, treasurer; Larry Villangonzalo of the City Administrator’s Office, business manager while former CHESC president Atty.Marvin “Oying” Melodias of the General Services Office, Marlon Taguiang of the City Treasurer’s Office and Boyet Abayon of the City Assessor’s Office became members of the board.

The drafting of players will be on Saturday and employees can still register by filling up the forms available at the Treasurer’s Office c/o Pableo and the Sports Division c/o Aleli.